Charmayne's Quilling and Curly Cues
Stars, snowflakes, and Angels. These all seem to make such wonderful Christmas gifts. This page shows my Angels.
Most of the small photos below link to larger ones, just click the photos.
My last angel of 2014 is the same design as the only angel I made in
2015! I gave the 2014 one as a gift in December, 2015 without taking a
photo. Bob said it was his favorite, maybe I could make another one. I
hurried to do just that while I could remember what the angel looked
like! It is made from vintage sheet music, hand cut to 1/4" wide strips.
After shaping the body, glue must be spread all over the inside to
harden the shape. It is the only way to retain it. The wings are made of
the same 1/4" wide strips which I crimped.
The face is a strip of the sheet music without any printing.
|To the left is my Quilling Owl's angel, finally in white! He is so pretty but I do love all my colored angels, too.|
|I made this little set of four angels for Bob's sister, Diane, for Christmas. Shipping and storage is always an issue with quilled items. I found a deep jewelry box and inset a piece of card stock, forming a little square, in one corner of the box. The 3-d angel stands up in this space while the other 3 angels can lay flat in the rest of the box.|
|This is the Captured Angel I made for Anders' family for Christmas in 2014. The paper is hand-cut vintage sheet music. It is 1/8" wide. The angel is again based on Quilling Owl's design. I painted the face and edges with gold paint. I did not seal it and some has fallen off. Lessons always learned! The 2 photos are front and back. I like to round out the face.|
These angels and the snowflake are made from my Berenstain Bears story
book which I am re-purposing for quilling. The angel to the right in the
photos is a 3D angel -- like a little bell.
A warning: when cutting your own strips, be sure they are even. I used a paper cutter for the ones used in making the tight coil angel. The guillotine cutter let the strip move just a bit, giving me uneven strips. And you can see this unevenness. My normal (and preferred) method is to use a cutting mat and snap knife with a transparent quilter's ruler.
|And another crimped angel with a more robust body and wings with the beehive quilling at the top.|
Second attempt on the first crimped paper angel...
I cut the body off and adjusted the tear drop, re-glued it and put the body back in place. Much better.
This angel was inspired by Beth Reece and her use of a
crimper. It adds so much dimension. Ms. Reece's angel is far more
elaborate than mine but from her angel comes my use of crimped paper.
I need more structure near the top of the body to make this angel more sturdy. Pretty but not right yet. The nice thing about quilling is that mistakes and experiments that don't quite work are cheap to do over! I have found gold trim paper is difficult to use. Stay tuned for my next attempt...
|Quilling Owl's angels in colors... maybe I should make white ones, too!|
|This is a Captured Angel. Like the captured snowflakes, he is in a round glass globe ornament. I used Quilling Owl's angel as the inspriation for the design. As always, what I end up quilling is sometimes more, sometimes less different from the inspiration, and for this angel Quilling Owl receives the thanks.||
Left photo: The Karen Marie angel. Note the heads. I used different lengths of strips to get the size I like best. I prefer the center angel.
Right photo: This photo shows the front and back of 2 tiny Karen Marie angels.
I push out the tight coil head and glue the back (concave side). Both sides look nice and I like the added dimension. Another thing I normally do is to push my needle tool into the center of the head to push the crimp to the side. Big difference! Do this before you glue.
|More tiny Karen Marie style angels. Here, I used my own 1/8th inch quilling strips rather than her paper from the System Kit I bought in her shop. The narrow paper makes for a very delicate angel.||This photo shows a front and a back. I am striving to get them to look good both sides. I am also using a halo as it gives me a way to hang them as Christmas Tree ornaments.|
|I cut up a page of vintage sheet music to get the strips for this angel. If you look in thrift shops, you should be able to find old sheet music or books of music. Look for songs that have LOTS and LOTS of tightly spaced scales, notes, Treble Clefs, etc. Your finished project will look better.|
|This angel has been captured inside a glass oval globe. I only bought one at Michael's last year. I will be getting more! It was a bit tricky to work with but the end result is wonderful. I used Karen Marie's angel. I needed to make her medium angel just a bit bigger to adequately fill the globe.|
|This summer I was so happy to be able to stop at Karen Marie Klips, the paper crafting and quilling store in Denmark. I bought enough to make me worry about paying excess baggage charges but I found so much I simply NEEDED! And naturally Bob wanted me get it all. One of the things I purchased was her Angel System. It makes 3 sizes. The largest used wider strips. Even the tiny angel is made from strips a bit wider than the normal quilling strip of 1/8" here in the US.||I have changed mine just slightly. The instructions put a curl of hair on either side of the head. My mother always said angels are male so I did not want to use the curls. Also, I made a halo by wrapping the barrel of my slotted quilling tool several times, gluing the end, squishing the circle and then gluing the inner starting point.|
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